Tyson Jex | Posted: 3 Nov 2022 | Updated: 29 Nov 2022

Men’s basketball hosts Idaho State in season opener on Monday

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PROVO, Utah — The 2022-23 men’s basketball season gets underway on Monday, Nov. 7, when BYU hosts the Bengals of Idaho State inside the friendly confines of the Marriott Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. MDT.

Monday’s season opener will be broadcast on BYUtv. Greg Wrubell and Mark Durrant will also be on the call on the BYU Sports Network on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143 and KSL 102.7/1160 AM.

BYU Notes (0-0, 0-0 WCC)

  • With its 109-69 victory over Ottawa (Ariz.) on Wednesday evening, BYU improved to 16-0 in exhibitions since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.
  • Six Cougars scored in double figures against the Spirit, including junior guard Spencer Johnson, who finished with a game-high 16 points as he went 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
  • The Cougars have won 12-straight season openers at the Marriott Center.
  • BYU is 39-6 at the Marriott Center under fourth year head coach Mark Pope.

Head Coach – Mark Pope

  • Alma Mater: Kentucky, 1996
  • Division I Career Record: 145-82 (8th Season)
  • Record at BYU:  68-26 (4th Season)

Idaho State Notes (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky)

  • Idaho State was picked to finish 10th in the Big Sky Conference Preseason Poll after going 7-23 overall and 5-15 in league play last season.
  • The Bengals won both of their exhibition games by a combined score of 172-83.
  • Former Cougar Kolby Lee returns to the Marriott Center for the first since making 72 appearances for BYU from 2018-21.

Head Coach – Ryan Looney

  • Alma Mater: Eastern Oregon, 1998
  • Career Record: 358-18 (19th Season)
  • Record at Idaho State: 28-56 (4th Season)

Series Information

  • Series Record: 34-6
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 85-71, 12/21/17
  • H/A/N: 15-2/16-4/3-0

Broadcast Information

  • TV: BYUtv
  • TV Talent: Dave McCann, Blaine Fowler, Spencer Linton
  • Streamed Audio: BYU Radio Sirius XM 143, KSL 102.7/1160 AM, BYURadio.org, BYU Radio app
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell, Mark Durrant
  • Live stats: BYUCougars.com
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